Former Stamford Judge Dies

The Connecticut Law Tribune

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Former Connecticut Judge James F. Bingham, who presided over an array of criminal cases in the Stamford courthouse and served three terms in the state House of Representatives, has died. He was 88.

An obituary prepared by Bingham's family says he died Monday at his home in Stamford, where he lived for 80 years. His cause of death wasn't disclosed.

He was a Republican state representative for northern Stamford from 1969 to 1974 and served as a Superior Court judge from 1983 to 2008.

In an article in The Advocate of Stamford that ran when he was sworn in, Bingham was quoted about practicing law and being a judge.

“Even though I’ve had quite a lot of court experience, I’m going to be on the other side of the bar,” Bingham said. He said the new job will be similar to practicing law because both have control over people’s lives and properties. “But this (a judge’s decision) is really the end of the line,” Bingham said.

Stamford lawyer Mark Katz told The Advocate newspaper that Bingham played a key role in developing the state's accelerated rehabilitation program and consolidating state courts in the 1970s.

"While he was respected by everybody, he was revered by defense attorneys because of his recognition of the fact that for relatively non-serious criminal conduct, people should not have their lives ruined by a conviction on their records," Stamford attorney Mark Katz. told the paper. "If you were going to apply for a program, he was the guy you wanted to be in front of."

A funeral service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis Episcopal Church in Stamford.

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